BT signs four ex-Fujitsu NHS trusts as competition heats for southern sites

BT has signed a deal with the government to run IT in four additional southern NHS Trusts, as part of the £12.7 billion National Programme for IT.

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BT has signed a deal with the government to run IT in four additional southern NHS Trusts, as part of the £12.7 billion National Programme for IT.

BT signs four ex-Fujitsu NHS trusts as competition heats for southern sitesThe four trusts previously contracted their national programme IT to Fujitsu before it left the programme one year ago. The names of the four trusts have not been announced, and neither BT nor the NHS would give further details.

The new deal follows a contract BT signed with eight southern trusts three weeks ago. BT and CSC are now the only suppliers left on the programme, and both are understood to be interested in working with the remaining southern trusts.

Ben Bradshaw, health minister, confirmed in a parliamentary answer this week that BT had committed to “four further Cerner [Millennium patient records system] acute sites”. BT has also signed with 25 mental and community health sites to implement the CSE-Servelec RiO patient records system, a less complex system put in place in sites that have lower levels of demand on the software.

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